A 25-year-old man told St. Lucie County Sheriff’s investigators he was hanging out with Highley, 56, at her Jensen Beach home on June 16, according to a recently released report. They were drinking wine.
The man said Highley wanted to have sex with him, but that he rebuffed her amorous advances. He said she got angry and lost control, grabbing a cane and a hunting knife and chasing him around.
The man flagged down a deputy in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store and said a woman was chasing him with a knife and was going to kill him.
The deputy saw Highley run into the parking lot with a knife in one hand and what appeared to be a broken walking cane in the other. The deputy told her to drop the weapons and get on the ground, which she did.
The man said he’s friends with Highley.
He said they were hanging out drinking wine at Highley’s home in the 10800 block of South Ocean Drive when Highley wanted to have sex with him.
He said she started pursuing him with the knife and cane after he rejected her lovemaking proposition.
Highley was arrested on a felony aggravated assault charge.
Highley smelled of booze and didn’t appear to care that she was going to jail, the report states.